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Now is England perished in fight
On the state of England — seven quatrains, generally monorime
Subjects: evils of the time; clothing, against extremes of
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 237, f. 243v
First Lines:
Now ys yngland all in fyght
Moche peple of consyens lyght…
Last Lines:
…moch bost of there clothys
But wele I wot they lake none othys
Note: Added by a later hand of the fifteenth century, same as 2503.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.252-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 450.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.2.6, f. 58rb
First Lines:
Nowe is Englond perisshed in sight
With moche peple & consciens light…
Last Lines:
…The cause is for lak of light
That shuld be in the church of right
Note: Written by a hand of the sixteenth century.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 149-50.